With some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, the tiny island
of Barbados is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the
Eastern Caribbean. Measuring just 432 sq km in size, this island nation
is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide at its broadest point. A fairly
flat coral isle, the highest point on Barbados is Mount Hillaby, which
sits some 1,116 feet above sea level.
Relatively isolated from the rest of the Caribbean islands, Barbados
lies roughly 160 km east of its nearest neighbor. Considered part
of the Lesser Antilles, this island is situated approximately 435
km north east of Venezuela, with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia to its west. A rapidly growing developing country,
Barbados today has some of the highest literacy and living standards
in the world. An independent nation within the British Commonwealth,
the Queen is the head of state here.
What makes Barbados so special is its many wonderful historical, natural
and cultural attractions. With strong British colonial influences,
this island offers globetrotting tourists much to see and do. On the
western coast you can find some of the most gorgeous beaches in the
region, while to the east, strong trade winds and a rocky shoreline
dominate. The western end of Barbados is wonderful for scuba diving and snorkeling, with many fabulous resorts, hotels and accommodations
found here. While along the eastern coast, surfing is very popular.
Central Barbados offers some great cultural and historical sights,
with the island’s most famous landmark Harrison’s Cave
An almost perfect year round climate with a gentle sea breeze,
the weather on Barbados is terrific. Couple this with friendly natives
and excellent accommodations, and Barbados makes for a wonderful
getaway. A naturally charming destination that’s fun yet modern
and sophisticated, vacationing in the Barbados is the ultimate holiday
for those looking to have some fun in this uniquely calypso paradise.